Friday, February 24, 2006

It won't be noticed on a galloping horse, right?

Last night, I bound off the left shoulder of Rogue. Again, the "hide the wraps" thing eluded me, and I was too tired to go searching on the web for info on it...so I just did it my way. Does it show? A little, but not bad.

Then I spread it out to admire it...and realized that yes indeedio...the neck cable is a little wonky....because the "point" of the cable that winds up around the neck....is inside out. Yup...So....the cable just sort of appears out of nowhere to climb up the side. To rip it would be to take close to three days work out....and I don't have the heart for it. Kayla would probably not even realize it has a problem. Yes, I see it...and it bothers me, but I feel like I have to keep on. Not because of Olympic deadlines, but in the effort to finish it at all.

In the past, I would have shoved it in a bag and that would have been the end of it. In fact, that is the EXACT same thing that happened with MY Rogue... when I realized I had done part of the cable inside out...I lost all interest in it. True, I didn't care for the thiness of the fabric, but I was furious with myself for making such a stupid boo-boo.

This time, I said, "oh well. Finish it anyway. No...it won't be perfect. So what?" Better to be done and not perfect than never finished. I also realized that when I got to that point of the cable on this Rogue, I felt really confused by the whole WS/RS/Chart crap.. and I tried to do what I thought was instructed rather than following my instincts. I think the instinct was correct when I look back...So, I learned something.

In happy news for me...a child support check is coming. I shared I've been under some stress....well, part of that was that child support just mysteriously stopped about 6 weeks ago. Child support constitutes about 1/3 of my income and when your budget has no room for error...losing 1/3 of your income sucks. Now, mind you, Prince Charming continues to owe $28,888 in back child support and is about as reliable as a pet chicken. In fact, that deficit of child support for YEARS is part of what has lead directly to my dire financial situation today.

For several years, the state of Oregon wrote him letters. "Mr. Smith, you have 30 days to pay child support, or we will take action against you!" Three months later (and no child support), another letter would go out "Mr. Smith, you are in danger of getting in trouble with us...you'd better send some child support...or else!" They did that for three years...they did not garnish his wages. They did not suspend his driver's license. They did none of the things they have the power to do. I had numerous discussions with employees of the state of Oregon, the most memorable for me was the one where the woman says to me in a very condescending tone "Mrs Smith...we can not just harrass him if he's a little late!" I said, he hasn't made a payment in TWO YEARS! She replied "well, he DOES have rights you know!"

In direct contrast, when he moved to Massachustes...they wrote one letter "Mr. Smith, you owe $35,000 in back child support. You can not have a MA driver's license until you start paying. As well, we are garnishing your wages. If you quit your job, we will put you in jail."

God bless the state of Massachustes.

6 comments:

snowballinhell said...

No one will notice the Rogue boo-boos and if they do, it's a "design feature" now.

Oh, those child support issues drive me bats. My ex pays me a lousy $360 a month in child support. The state makes him pay it regularly, but they never give me a raise unless I petition the court for it after getting a court order to get a look at his taxes. I don't have the money to waste on lawyers to get it done, so I just sit here and try to recall that there are people getting none, and I should be...erm...well...if not grateful, just glad I don't have to deal with him on a regular basis.

knitti-me said...

The Cad...

Well, I'm glad you're getting some $$ from him. Hopefully, it will become a regular thing.

Great news on Rogue - you're making great progress! My Grandmother always said, "from a galloping jackass or a flying filly, who will notice?"

Norma said...

Yay for Massachusetts! Vermont is that way too, now. They weren't before. We had an attorney -- an ATTORNEY -- move in to one of the most rural communities here. And he was....let's just say people might very often say, "You're not from around here, are ya?" He STOOD OUT, let's say. And he dressed like Park Avenue. He was handsome and charming and looks like Denzel Washington, if you get my drift, and he had a tall, blonde wife. Then all of a sudden one day about ten years later, in the courthouse where I worked, there was filed a paper that had a heading of something with a name like, "Shaniqua" with the same last name, from the STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, against this attorney. It was for back child support for many thousands of dollars for FOUR CHILDREN. Aha! So there was a reason he had come to as far away, and in as rural a place as he could almost find. Farkin' hell.

Chris said...

That Elizabeth Zimmermann, such practical comments on knitting errors, no? :) I'm glad you kept going and that you figured out what happened both times - that's great!

Grrr re: the child support. And good for MA!!

Elaine said...

I think I have a crush on Massachusets.

Kenny said...

Woo hooo on child support! Good for you.

Thank god I didn't join in the Olympics. All ya'll are too stressed out!!!